Veterans Affairs

 

SAC-VA Advising Hours

Summer 2020 Advising Hours are currently available by zoom meeting.

Summer and Fall Registration is open

Please contact your advisor to set up an appointment.  You may also call 210-486-0111 or 210-486-1634 to schedule an appointment.

Tim Pair

Patricia Patten

Shay Preyer

Kathryn Sanchez-Lane

Latrina Spann

Angela Rodriguez

Rose Moreno, Team Lead

Kathryn Presley, Admin Asst.

tpair1@alamo.edu

ppatten@alamo.edu

cpreyer1@alamo.edu

ksanchez-lane@alamo.edu

lspann2@alamo.edu

arodriguez1245@alamo.edu

rmoreno318@alamo.edu

kpresley2@alamo.edu

Tuesday ZoomRoom Walk-in Advising
Due to COVID-19 safety precautions
The SAC-VA Advisors will host virtual walk-ins
Tuesday's from 9am-1pm
via
ZOOM ROOM.

 

Please use the meeting information below to access our virtual waiting room and wait to be called in to private advising break-out room.  There are three advisors on call, so please be patient as you wait your turn! 

You may also send an email to  SAC-VA@alamo.edu with a question or to schedule an appointment.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://alamo.zoom.us/j/98534132190?pwd=c2x1T0ZjdmZ5UTZkNW1BRE5aN3ZQZz09

Meeting ID: 985 3413 2190

Password: Victory

One tap mobile

+13462487799,,98534132190# US (Houston)

+12532158782,,98534132190# US (Tacoma)

 

Dial by your location

        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

        +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

        +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

        +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)

        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

        +1 929 436 2866 US (New York)

Meeting ID: 985 3413 2190

Find your local number: https://alamo.zoom.us/u/acOUEahpcW

Thursday ZoomRoom Walk-in Advising
 Due to COVID-19 safety precautions
The SAC-VA Advisors will host virtual walk-ins
Thursday's from 1pm-5pm
via
ZOOM ROOM.

 

Please use the meeting information below to access our virtual waiting room and wait to be called in to private advising break-out room.  There are three advisors on call, so please be patient as you wait your turn! 

You may also send an email to  SAC-VA@alamo.edu with a question or to schedule an appointment.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://alamo.zoom.us/j/98534132190?pwd=c2x1T0ZjdmZ5UTZkNW1BRE5aN3ZQZz09

Meeting ID: 985 3413 2190

Password: Victory

One tap mobile

+13462487799,,98534132190# US (Houston)

+12532158782,,98534132190# US (Tacoma)

 

Dial by your location

        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

        +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

        +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

        +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)

        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

        +1 929 436 2866 US (New York)

Meeting ID: 985 3413 2190

Find your local number: https://alamo.zoom.us/u/acOUEahpcW

Express Certification Zoom Room

Due to COVID-19 safety precautions

The SAC-VA Staff will host

Virtual Express Certification

for students that do not need to meet with their advisor

before having their benefit paperwork processed

May 26 - May 29 * Tues-Fri * 8am - 5pm

June 1 - July 24 * Mon-Thur * 8am - 7pm

via

ZOOM ROOM.

Please use the meeting information below to access our virtual waiting room and wait to be called in to private break-out room.  There are limited staff on call, so please be patient as you wait your turn! 

You may also call 210-486-0111

Or

send an email to  SAC-VA@alamo.edu 

with a question or to schedule an appointment

Join Zoom Meeting
https://alamo.zoom.us/j/99820431967

Meeting ID: 998 2043 1967
Password: Victory


One tap mobile
+13462487799,,99820431967#,,1#,376463# US (Houston)
+16699006833,,99820431967#,,1#,376463# US 

(San Jose)

Dial by your location
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
+1 929 436 2866 US (New York)
+1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
Meeting ID: 998 2043 1967
Password: Victory
Find your local number: https://alamo.zoom.us/u/abJcjLcv7 

Vocational Rehabilitation (CH31) Bookstore Guidance

HOW TO ORDER YOUR SUMMER MATERIALS FOR THE ALAMO BOOKSTORES     

Because the bookstore is closed and classes will be online, the bookstore is going to create accounts for Veterans to order books and supplies online through the bookstore website.  

To access your VA accounts online, you will need your campus student ID number, as that will be linked to the supply and book voucher.  

You will need to place two orders, one for books and one for supplies - as you would do two transactions in the bookstore at the registers

www.SACstore.com

Once you have logged into your specific campus bookstore website you will see a link to shop by student ID:

Enter your student ID, and hit enter.  You will be brought to a second page, where you confirm your college and the term (Summer 2020) 

Once you select “Find Courses”, you will be taken to your list of courses, where you will select which books you are looking to purchase.  Make your selections based on the required materials

Once you have made your selections, proceed to checkout.  Create an account using your .edu email address, and confirm your shipping and billing address.  Once you get to the payment method screen you will see your payment options.  For VA, you will have to select the option for Bookstore Charge Account as seen below:

Once you have selected that, enter your full campus student ID number and select Find accounts.  You will see two accounts, one for books, one for supplies.  Select the appropriate account.

PLEASE NOTE: You cannot use the full available balance on your textbook account - we place a large limit  to ensure it covers all REQUIRED books.  If your book total is only $50 you cannot spend the excess.  YOU CAN ONLY PURCHASE THE BOOKS LISTED FOR YOUR CLASS.

Before you continue, you must check mark that you understand the terms and conditions of using the VA accounts online for both textbooks:   and for supplies:

Once you have checked the box, and clicked “Pay with This” you can finalize and complete your order.  You will receive an email with your order confirmation number, and once your order ships, a tracking number will be provided via that email address.

You will repeat the order process for your Supplies account, shopping for the standard supplies, such as pens, pencils, notebooks, highlighters, etc.

 

 

Victory Center Tutoring
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT TUTORING SERVICES FOR THE REMINDER OF THE SPRING SEMESTER

Tutors are available for remote (Zoom) tutoring appointments.  

The hours are as follows:

 

MATH - EDDIE PERALES - Tuesday 12-6, Wednesday 12-5, Thursday 12-5

MATH – VICTORIA FERNANDEZ – Monday/Wednesday 9-12, Tuesday/Thursday 9-2

ENGLISH – HEATHER RODRIGUEZ-MORRIS – Tuesday 9-2, Wednesday 9-2, Thursday 9-3

 

Email your tutor to schedule an appointment via zoom:

 

eperales1@alamo.edu

Vfernandez51@alamo.edu

Hrodriguez4@alamo.edu

 

The Office of Veterans Affairs assists all eligible veterans obtain financial assistance and information on Veterans Benefits while they attend San Antonio College. The college participates in educational programs provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Students using VA education and Vocational Rehabilitation benefits must go to their home campus each semester (prior to the payment deadline if the Post 9/11 G.I Bill® or Vocational Rehabilitation benefit will cover thier tuition bill) to request that their benefits be processed.  These programs include:    

Chapter 30 - Montgomery G.I. Bill® Active Duty Educational Assistance Program
Chapter 31 - Vocational Rehabilitation Program (must have authorization from CH31 Case Manager - known as Purchase Order (PO)
Chapter 33 - Post-911 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2009
Chapter 35 - Survivors and Dependent Educational Assistance Program
Chapter 1606 - Selected Reserve Educational Assistance Program
Hazlewood Exemption

Note: Students utilizing Chapter 30 and Chapter 1606 must log in to the WAVES online system and verify their enrollment each month on the first day of the month to ensure timely payment of benefit stipend.

The Office of Veterans Affairs also assists Texas Veterans in obtaining the Hazelwood Act. This program exempts qualified individuals from payment of all tuition and most fees.

Students using the Hazlewood Tuition Exemption and taking courses at more than one Alamo College District campus (i.e. classes at SAC and SPC) must go to their home campus VA office to process the Hazlewood Exemption and complete the payment process.

TUITION AND FEES  
Schedule of Tuition and Fees Department of Defense Funded Students FY 2019-2020 

Additional Forms for Veterans 

DD Form 214 

W.A.V.E.S. (Web Automated Verification of Enrollment)
eBenefits
VA.gov
VA Forms     

Veterans Resources 

VetSuccess on Campus
GI Bill® Overview 
National Center for PTSD 
State and Local Resources  
Women Veterans 
Veterans Crisis Line 1–800–273–TALK (8255), Press 1
Texas Hazlewood Information

What happens to the $1,200 buy-in for MGIB (Chapter 30)?

Any veteran who paid the $1,200 buy-in for MGIB (Chapter 30) and elects to use the Post-9/11 GI Bill®. (Chapter 33) will be refunded the buy-in.  The buy-in or a portion of the buy-in will be refunded on the last payment of the monthly living allowance.  If a veteran has already used some of their MGIB (Chapter 30) benefits they will receive prorated refund.  If the veteran does not receive a living allowance check upon using their last month of new GI Bill® entitlement the buy-in will not be returned.

What happens to the $600 buy-up program for the College Fund?

The VA ruled that individuals will not receive an increased amount under the Post-9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33) for additional contributions ($600 buy-up) paid under MGIB Chapter 30 or REAP (Chapter 1607).  This $600 will not be refunded if a veteran chooses to transfer from Montgomery GI Bill® to Post 9/11 GI Bill®

How does this affect enlistment/reinlistment kickers and College Fund?

Enlistment and reenlistment kickers will continue to apply to veterans under Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33).  Any additional monthly benefits will be simply added to the monthly living allowance.  For example, if a veteran is entitled to a $200/month enlistment kicker and a $1400/month living allowance, then that veteran will receive $1,600/month.

The VA’s final rules state that they will not pay kicker or college fund bonuses if the veteran is not receiving a living allowance (e.g., while on active duty or exclusively distance learning).  IAVA is actively fighting to reverse the VA’s interpretation.

What benefits are available for the part-time students?


Living allowance:  Paid to students who are enrolled more than half-time.  A student enrolled one unit above exactly half time will qualify for a prorated monthly living allowance.  For example, a student is taking 7 credits at a school that considers 12 credits full-time, that student will receive 60% of the normal living allowance rate.

Credits   % of BAH 
 12  100%
11    90%
10 80%
   9    80%
 8  70%
 7   60%
 6  0%

Book Stipend:  The payment will be $41.67 for every credit enrolled, but no more than $1,000 per academic year.  (e.g., a student enrolled in 12 units will receive $500 for that academic term).